Researching "experience": embodiment, methodology, process

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Brown, S. D., Cromby, John, Harper, D., Johnson, K. and Reavey, P. 2011. Researching "experience": embodiment, methodology, process. Theory & Psychology. 21 (4), pp. 493-515.
AuthorsBrown, S. D., Cromby, John, Harper, D., Johnson, K. and Reavey, P.
Abstract

In this paper, we explore some of the tensions involved in the process of engaging with embodiment research. Although a significant volume of discursive work on ‘the body’ and its role in social relations now exists, there is little in the way of empirical research that moves the focus away from discourse alone to concentrate on other modalities, such as embodied feelings, sensations and engagements with the world. We begin by briefly reviewing the turn to embodiment across the social sciences and the manner in which this has been taken up in psychology. We then outline our attempts as a research collective to develop methodologies and research activities that can produce meaningful data on embodied experience. The outcomes of one of these tasks are then described in detail, along with reflections on the difficulties and limitations that emerged. Finally we attempt to conceptualise the challenge of researching embodiment by returning to the late nineteenth century psychology of John Dewey, which, we argue, neatly summarises some of the problems to be addressed by any researchers engaged in the ‘turn to the body’.

Keywordsembodiment; process; memory work
JournalTheory & Psychology
Journal citation21 (4), pp. 493-515
ISSN1461-7447
0959-3543
Year2011
PublisherSAGE
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Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0959354310377543
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Deposited02 Nov 2012
Copyright information© Sage 2011. DOI: 10.1177/0959354310377543
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